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Exchange: Seowon High School in Korea

Our exchange to Seowon High School, our sister school in The Republic of Korea, has been an absolutely superb, exciting […] 

“An upper-class school”

A comment – as I negotiated customs at Sydney Airport with a large party of students on their way to […] 

Democracy at school

Does your school hold authentically democratic elections? The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is conducting our school elections for the first […] 

Personalising learning, Big History and the Genographic Project

I am hoping to teach Big History as a NSW Board of Studies Endorsed Course to Year 10 and Year 11 […] 

Advocacy, My Daughter, Morris Gleitzman & Jackie French

The School Library Association of NSW invited me to speak about advocacy at their recent conference at the State Library […] 

Who Am I? (The Genographic Project)

“The greatest history book ever written is the one hidden in our DNA.”               […] 

Assessment for learning

“The teacher’s job is not to transmit knowledge, nor to facilitate learning. It is to engineer effective learning environments for […] 

Our Urgent Need for an Ethical Education

What ought one to do?      Socrates I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider […] 

BYOD: 5 Areas for Reflection and Professional Development

 The science of teaching is knowing a number of different methodologies. The art is knowing when to use which.   […] 

RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!*

“We need librarians more than we ever did. What we don’t need are mere clerks who guard dead paper. Librarians […] 

The 21st Century Education ‘Debate’ in Australia

“More than anything else, we want to take the politics out of this issue.”             […] 

My tools

Two years ago I posted about the tech tools I use daily. Many I continue to find essential, others have fallen by […] 

My Reading in 2013: Favourite Books

He didn’t want a television, he had no need of a radio. He didn’t want the world to come in….He […] 

Nurturing Creativity: Fifth Annual Optimism & Resilience Conference

The world is but a canvas to our imaginations.   Henry David Thoreau Today we enjoyed the fifth annual conference held […] 

BYOD + SAMR

Our school has moved to implement a BYOD (Bring your Own Device) policy for 2014. We have spent the last […] 

The Big History Conference (and the future of education?)

Educational leaders need to do better in ensuring a more cohesive educational experience for students in our schools. We must […] 

Makers and Making

While school traditionally separates art and science, theory, and practice, such divisions are artificial. The real world just doesn’t work […] 

(My) Doctor Who (1963-2013)

Cuddled up on the couch with my children early this morning watching the simulcast Day of the Doctor, the fiftieth-anniversary of […] 

Poetry and The Red Room Company (at our school)

The Red Room Company created a quality learning experience for our students this month with the first two of an […] 

Free is not a radically new price

Since commencing my career as a teacher in Australia, I have written many articles for free and presented at conferences […] 

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Ozymandias I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in […] 

BIG HISTORY

To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the […] 

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